WASECA - Levi Becker and Luke Becker combined for six RBIs, five runs scored and seven hits - including five for extra bases - to power the Class AA, No. 4-ranked Fairmont Cardinals to a 17-2, six-inning baseball rout over the Waseca Bluejays on Tuesday at Tink Larson Field in Waseca.
Levi Becker went 4-for-5 - including a solo home run in the fourth to complement two triples and a double - to produce three RBIs and crossed the plate three times in Fairmont's South Central Conference opener.
Luke Becker went 3-for-4 with a triple, scored twice and drove in three more runs, while teammate Brandon Brooks delivered a pair of doubles to plate two runs and also scored two runs.
Ryan Noll went 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Cardinals; Spencer Chirpich went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI; while Trason Arens, Kyle Guetter, Bryce Holm, Matt Tennyson, Jay Ruen and Jacob Ellis each contributed one hit.
Ruen allowed two runs on four hits, struck out two and walked one in four innings of work to earn the victory. Jordan Voss gave up one hit and issued one walk in two shutout innings of relief.
Waseca starting pitcher Nick Paczkowski gave up nine runs on eight hits, fanned two and walked four in three innings to take the loss. Max Kaplan allowed seven runs on nine hits, walked one and fanned one in 2 2/3 innings of relief, while Devin Williamson gave up one run on two hits in the final 1/3 of an inning.
Fairmont (4-0, 1-0 SCC) plays host to New Ulm on Thursday at Herb Wolf Field.
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Jay Ruen (WP), Jordan Voss (5) and Ryan Noll. Nick Paczkowski (LP), Max Kaplan (4), Devin Williamson (6) and Brady Bomsta.
Ben Abel went 3-for-3, including a double and a triple, and produced three RBIs to guide Fairmont to a 14-3, five-inning victory over Waseca during B-squad action Tuesday in Waseca.
Michael Hawkins went 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Cardinals, while teammates Bailey Koppen, Jon Dosedal and Rodney Engstrom each supplied one hit.
Nate Johnson gave up three runs - none earned - on only one hit, struck out five and walked three in going the distance on the mound to earn the complete-game victory.
Fairmont (3-0) plays host to New Ulm on Thursday.
Mark Washa generated three hits and two RBIs to help engineer Fairmont's 8-3 victory over Waseca during C-squad action Tuesday in Waseca.
Kale Fritz collected two hits, including a double, and delivered two RBIs for the Cardinals, while Nathan Gillis singled, doubled and tallied one RBI.
Tyler Tennyson and Ethan Lubenow each added a hit for Fairmont.
Tennyson allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight in five innings pitched to earn the victory. Gillis fanned four and gave up two hits in two innings of relief.
Fairmont (2-0) hosts New Ulm on Thursday.
Martin County West 7, St. Clair 0 - Right-hander Austin Krumwiede struck out eight and gave up three hits in six shutout innings to give the Mavericks a 7-0 Valley Conference victory over the Cyclones on Tuesday in Welcome.
Krumwiede went 2-for-4 with a double and collected two RBIs to lead the MCW offense.
Tony Payne, Jake Faber and Toby Haugen each added hits for the Mavericks, while Bradley Zehms generated two RBIs.
Martin County West (1-3) hosts Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman in a 5 p.m. conference game Thursday in Welcome.
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Austin Krumwiede (WP), Jake Faber (7) and Toby Haugen. Brandon Frietag (LP) and Dylan Boettcher.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 16, Cleveland 9 - The Knights scored 12 runs in the final four innings, while Jeremy Smith hurled 3 2/3 shutout innings of relief to earn a 16-9 Valley Conference win over the Clippers on Tuesday in Cleveland.
Smith struck out four and allowed two hits to earn the victory.
The Clippers jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings, with Tyler Seitz and Cody Hollerich each recording two hits. Seitz scored twice, while Hollerich had an RBI.
The Knights responded late in the game with Smith and Josh Wolter each recording four hits. Wolter scored four runs, while Smith scored three times and tallied three RBIs.
Dylan Petrowiak and Sam Geistfeld crossed the plate three times, while Chandler Greier and Tyler Wille each notched two RBIs.
Kyle Ziebarth pitched the first two innings for the Clippers, allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.
Joe Queen gave up seven runs on four hits, walked six and struck out two in two innings of relief for Cleveland.
Mitch Dummer pitched the final three innings, allowing eight runs on six hits.
Stensland, who started on the mound for the Knights, allowed nine runs - six earned - on six hits, struck out five and walked four in 2 1/3 innings. Petrowiak pitched the final inning, giving up one hit.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (3-2, 2-1 Valley) travels to Welcome on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. Valley Conference game against Martin County West.
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Trent Stensland, Jeremy Smith (3, WP), Dylan Petrowiak and Tristan Maday. Kyle Ziebarth, Joe Queen (3), Mitch Dummer (LP) and Derek Ely.